A Spring Refresh (Queer Eye Inspired)

Spring is in the air folks and I am READY! One of my favorite things about springtime is the feeling of starting anew and yes, I'll say it, turning over a new leaf. There's flowers blooming, blue sky and the promise of brighter days ahead, literally. One of my favorite TV shows that encapsulates that wonderous feelings is of course, Queer Eye on Netflix. Seeing the Fab Five encourage and truly support someone to be their best self both inside and out is just a beautiful thing to watch that's incredibly uplifting and empowering.

I've always loved a good makeover show or that classic movie scene where a character has a transformation montage but these can tend to lack depth and a positive message. But Queer Eye on the other hand, blends the fun makeover parts with a deep message of self-love and acceptance that feels much better than just superficial changes. So in honor of this delightful show that's bursting with Spring colors and new beginnings, I have curated a list of books inspired by each Fab Five member to help you have your own spring refresh to feel replenished and energized. The Fab Five being: Bobby Berk (design expert), Karamo Brown (culture expert), Tan France (fashion expert), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming expert), and Antoni Porowski (food and wine expert). I hope these books help you embrace Spring to its fullest and take care of yourself by refreshing your living space, mental/emotional space, style, physical body care, and recipes.

The Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything By Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin Cover Image

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The authors of The Home Edit and stars of the Netflix series Get Organized with The Home Edit teach you how to apply their genius, holistic approach to your work life, on-the-go necessities, and technology.


Simplicity at Home: Japanese Rituals, Recipes, and Arrangements for Thoughtful Living By Yumiko Sekine, Jenny Wapner (With), Nao Shimizu (Photographs by) Cover Image

A gorgeous guide to creating a beautiful, comfortable home based on Japanese traditions from the founder of the beloved lifestyle brand Fog Linen Work.

For anyone who dreams of a home filled with well-organized closets, eye-catching flower arrangements, perfectly draped blankets, and thoughtfully curated shelves, here is a guide to cultivating an elegant home.


House to Home: Designing Your Space for the Way You Live By Devi Dutta-Choudhury Cover Image

Have you been thinking about how to make your house into a true home? Or are you buying a house that needs the same attention? Where do you begin? This book will get you started, see you through it, and make home design doable rather than daunting.


Natural Home Cleaning: Over 100 Ways to Clean Your Home Naturally By Fern Green Cover Image

Are you becoming more conscious of the ingredients you use to clean your home? Are you fed up with using strong chemicals and aware these could be having a detrimental effect on your health?



Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home By Julia Watkins Cover Image

Recipes, DIY projects, and inspiration for a beautiful and low-waste life, from the creator of @simply.living.well on Instagram
 
In this timely and motivational guide, author Julia Watkins shares rituals, recipes, and projects for living simply and sustainably at home.


Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness, and Happiness By Jamie Gold Cover Image

Design your home to optimize your healthy lifestyle with this room-by-room guide from certified kitchen designer and wellness design consultant Jamie Gold.

Residential designer Jamie Gold has spent years exploring how simple changes to things like lighting, fixtures, storage, and outdoor space can impact our health and wellness.


Living with Color: Inspiration and How-Tos to Brighten Up Your Home By Rebecca Atwood Cover Image

Discover inspiration from the most colorful homes in America with this vibrant lookbook and style manual that brings the magic of color into your home—from the author of Living with Pattern
 


Wild Creations: Inspiring Projects to Create plus Plant Care Tips & Styling Ideas for Your Own Wild Interior By Hilton Carter Cover Image

Dubbed the "LeBron James of plant styling..." by "Good Morning America," Hilton Carter now shows how you can make, style, decorate, and care for your own stunning plant-inspired interior with his 25 step-by-step DIY projects and plant hacks.

In plant and interior stylist Hilton Carter’s previous books he has given us glimpses into stunning plant-filled homes where ivy and creep


Houseplants For All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants By Danae Horst Cover Image

Danae Horst's Houseplants for All is a beautiful guide to selecting and growing the right plants for your home, complete with a plant profile quiz!


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The New Plant Parent: Develop Your Green Thumb and Care for Your House-Plant Family By Darryl Cheng, Darryl Cheng (By (photographer)) Cover Image

A new way to grow healthy and happy house plants

For indoor gardeners everywhere, Darryl Cheng offers a new way to grow healthy house plants. He teaches the art of understanding a plant’s needs and giving it a home with the right balance of light, water, and nutrients.


Modern Container Gardening: How to Create a Stylish Small-Space Garden Anywhere By Isabelle Palmer Cover Image

Whether you have a roof terrace, a tiny balcony or just a window sill, there's no excuse not to do some gardening. In Modern Container Gardening, Isabelle Palmer shows just how easy it is to get started in the garden – and how to make the most of every little space.


Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens By Daniel J. Hinkley, Claire Takacs (Photographs by) Cover Image

“Dan Hinkley is a rare man, generous, inspired, and gifted with an eye for beauty that is given to few people. How I long to wander again in the galloping beauty of his garden at Windcliff.


What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses: Updated and Expanded Edition By Daniel Chamovitz Cover Image

Thoroughly updated from root to leaf, this revised edition of the groundbreaking What a Plant Knows includes new revelations for lovers of all that is vegetal and verdant.

Plants can hear—and taste things, too!


The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More By Arin Murphy-Hiscock Cover Image

“For covens who prefer meeting outdoors, perhaps in a garden or a deep forest clearing, The Green Witch is a delightful guide to nature magic.


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image

A New York Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Named a "Best Essay Collection of the Decade" by Literary Hub

A Book Riot "Favorite Summer Read of 2020"

A Food Tank Fall 2020 Reading Recommendation


A Cloud a Day: (Cloud Appreciation Society book, Uplifting Positive Gift, Cloud Art book, Daydreamers book) By Gavin Pretor-Pinney Cover Image

Cloudspotter and bestselling author Gavin Pretor-Pinney delivers a moment of calm atmospheric contemplation to members of his Cloud Appreciation Society by sharing a cloud image and story every day. A Cloud a Day urges all of us to keep our heads in the clouds with 365 fascinating cloud formations from his extraordinarily popular Cloud Appreciation Society collection.


The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator) Cover Image

A NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER - One of the most beloved books of our time: an illuminating account of the forest, and the science that shows us how trees communicate, feel, and live in social networks.


What Would Frida Do?: A Guide to Living Boldly By Arianna Davis Cover Image

Having doubts about your next step? Ask yourself what artist Frida Kahlo would do in this “beautiful volume . . .


Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life By Twyla Tharp Cover Image

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One of the world’s legendary artists and bestselling author of The Creative Habit shares her secrets—from insight to action—for harnessing vitality, finding purpose as you age, and expanding one’s possibilities over the course of a lifetime in her newest New York Times bestseller Keep It Moving.


The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People By Rachel Wilkerson Miller Cover Image

A modern roadmap to true connection—first by showing up for yourself and then for others

If you’re having trouble connecting with those around you, know that you’re not the only one. Adult friendships are tricky!!! Part manifesto, part guide, The Art of Showing Up is soul medicine for our modern, tech-mediated age.


Fattily Ever After: A Black Fat Girl's Guide to Living Life Unapologetically By Stephanie Yeboah Cover Image

"The truth is, body positivity is for white women. White female bodies being safe is paramount to maintaining white supremacy."
– Stephanie Yeboah, 2017


Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday By Matthew Sockolov Cover Image

Calm the mind and begin the path to finding peace with these simple mindfulness meditations


Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close By Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman Cover Image

A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that!


This One Wild and Precious Life: The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World By Sarah Wilson Cover Image

As seen in USA Today's hottest releases and The Washington Post's 10 New Books Spotlight


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear By Elizabeth Gilbert Cover Image

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of
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Hello, Habits: A Minimalist's Guide to a Better Life By Fumio Sasaki Cover Image

The internationally best-selling author of Goodbye, Things shares insights and practices to help us embrace habits and become the best versions of ourselves.


Tarot for Self-Care: How to Use Tarot to Manifest Your Best Self By Minerva Siegel Cover Image

Discover simple techniques for incorporating the wisdom of tarot into your daily self-care routine with this approachable guide

Self-care is an important daily ritual to everyone’s lifestyle. But it is about more than simply pampering yourself in a bubble bath or getting a manicure. It’s about connecting and understanding your true self.


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Feelings: A Story in Seasons By Manjit Thapp Cover Image

A stunning illustrated journey through one young woman’s year of feelings—from the saturated highs of early summer to the gray isolation of late winter.
 


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The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition: The Power of Radical Self-Love By Sonya Renee Taylor, Ijeoma Oluo (Foreword by) Cover Image

"To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves...'The body is not an apology' is the mantra we should all embrace." 
--Kimberlé Crenshaw, legal scholar and founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum 


How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope By James Crews, Ross Gay (Foreword by) Cover Image

An Indie Poetry Bestseller!

What the world needs now
– featuring poems from inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Ross Gay, Tracy K.


Make Art Where You Are (Guided Sketchbook): A Travel Sketchbook and Guide By Courtney Cerruti Cover Image

Explore mindfulness and self-expression by sketching your surroundings on long weekends, vacations, or wherever you happen to be.
 
In this guide and sketchbook set, artist Courtney Cerruti provides her tool kit for capturing the essence of a place and your personal impression of everything you see.


Draw Your Day: An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal By Samantha Dion Baker Cover Image

An instructive guide to creating an illustrated journal based on artist and Instagram sensation Samantha Dion Baker's unique creative process, featuring information on materials, creative inspiration and instruction, prompts, and helpful tips and tricks.


Worlds of Wonder: A Coloring Book for the Curious By Johanna Basford Cover Image

From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers World of Flowers and Lost Ocean, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a captivating journey through imagined and fantastical realms.


Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More By Katrina Rodabaugh Cover Image

Mending Matters explores sewing on two levels: First, it includes more than 20 hands-on projects that showcase current trends in visible mending that are edgy, modern, and bold—but draw on traditional stitching. It does all this through just four very simple mending techniques: exterior patches, interior patches, slow stitches, darning, and weaving.


Project 333: The Minimalist Fashion Challenge That Proves Less Really is So Much More By Courtney Carver Cover Image

Wear just 33 items for 3 months and get back all the JOY you were missing while you were worrying what to wear.


The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good By Elizabeth L. Cline Cover Image

From journalist, fashionista, and clothing resale expert Elizabeth L. Cline, “the Michael Pollan of fashion,”* comes the definitive guide to building an ethical, sustainable wardrobe you'll love.


Dandy Lion: Black Dandy and Street Style By Shantrelle P. Lewis Cover Image

Suits that pop with loud colors and dazzling patterns, complete with a nearly ubiquitous bowtie, define the style of the new "dandy." Described as "high-styled rebels" by author Shantrelle P. Lewis, black men with a penchant for color and refined fashion, both new and vintage, have gained popular attention in recent years, influencing mainstream fashion.


Serving Face: Lessons on poise and (dis)grace from the world of drag By Felix Le Freak, Felix Le Freak (Read by) Cover Image

Let the world's most celebrated drag queens transform and empower you with their sick'ning style, wit, and wisdom.

However you want to werk it - out-there eleganza, easy-breezy realness, and everything in between - Serving Face is like the gentle hand of your Drag Mother guiding you towards a life more fabulous.


Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life. By Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown Cover Image

From the Fab Five--the beloved hosts of Netflix's viral hit Queer Eye--comes a book that is at once a behind-the-scenes exclusive, a practical guide to living and celebrating your best life, and a symbol of hope.


200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty By Shannon Buck Cover Image

A step-by-step guidebook that shows you how to make your own skin creams, hair products, and perfume blends using essential oils and other natural ingredients. 

Many of today's beauty products contain chemicals and oer additives that most of us have never heard of--and probably would avoid if we knew how harmful they really were.


Moon Bath: Bathing Rituals and Recipes for Relaxation and Vitality By Dakota Hills, Sierra Brashear Cover Image

Moon Bath is a luxurious guide that invites readers to immerse themselves in the healing powers of nature.

This transformative book features 16 bath and shower rituals aligned with the lunar cycles and the natural rhythms of the cosmos.


The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, By Valerie Ann Worwood Cover Image

Looking for books on essential oils?

Completely updated essential oils book:
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy might be the best aromatherapy book available anywhere. And, it just got better


I Am Beauty: Timeless Skincare and Beauty for Women 40 and Over By Riku Campo Cover Image

A groundbreaking celebration of ageless beauty, providing the ultimate skincare and makeup guide for women in their forties and beyond from celebrity makeup artist Riku Campo.

The first makeup guide to celebrate and support women forty and over, I Am Beauty is Riku Campo’s labor of love.


Breathe Slower, Deeper, Better: Make Deep Breathing a Habit with Simple Yoga Exercises By Yael Bloch, Cléo Werhlin (Illustrator) Cover Image

Live better—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—by taking simple steps to enhance your breathing

You breathe over 21,000 times per day. But are you breathing well?


24 Ways to Move More: Monthly Inspiration for Health and Movement By Nicole Tsong, Erika Schultz (Photographer) Cover Image

  • From roller skating to hip hop dancing, snowshoeing to tree climbing, fitness can be fun
  • Two new movement activities to try each month
  • Features tips on how to get started, easy goal setting, and inspirational journal prompts
Your body is made to move and is designed to adapt to a range of activity--climbing, sprinting, carrying heavy things, walking long dista


Infused!: 70 Thirst-Quenching Healthy Drinks By Angèle Ferreux-Maeght Cover Image

Create your own natural infused teas, waters and tonics for detoxing, boosting your immunity and increasing your energy.


The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea By Hannah Crum, Alex LaGory, Sandor Ellix Katz (Foreword by) Cover Image

2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award Winner

Brew your own kombucha at home! With more than 400 recipes, including 268 unique flavor combinations, you can get exactly the taste you want — for a fraction of the store-bought price.


Mastering Mindful Eating: Transform Your Relationship with Food, Plus 30 Recipes to Engage the Senses (A S elf Care Cookbook) (Anti-inflammatory Michelle Babb) By Michelle Babb Cover Image

" . . . will help people learn to better tune in to the needs of their own bodies."
—Well + Good

Transform your relationship with food and develop healthy eating habits through mindfulness in this self care cookbook and guide from a renowned nutritionist.

 


Living Lively: 80 Plant-Based Recipes to Activate Your Power and Feed Your Potential By Haile Thomas Cover Image

Nominee, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

“Thomas's body positive, social and economic justice-oriented ethos, rich writing, beautiful photography, and accessible recipes are perfect for anyone looking for an antidote to the typical vegan evangelism that often shames people for their food choices.” - Shondaland


The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking By Jeanine Donofrio Cover Image

Sometimes all you need is a little spark of inspiration to change up your regular cooking routine. The Love & Lemons Cookbook features more than one hundred simple recipes that help you turn your farmers market finds into delicious meals. 
 


Time to Eat: Delicious Meals for Busy Lives: A Cookbook By Nadiya Hussain Cover Image

From the host of the beloved Netflix series Time to Eat and winner of The Great British Baking Show come over 100 time-smart recipes to tackle family mealtime.


Super Natural Simple: Whole-Food, Vegetarian Recipes for Real Life [A Cookbook] By Heidi Swanson Cover Image

120 whole-food, vegetarian recipes for quick weeknight meals full of flavor, spice, color, and nutrition from the New York Times bestselling author of Super Natural Cooking


The Joys of Baking: Recipes and Stories for a Sweet Life By Samantha Seneviratne Cover Image

Baking One's Way Through a Sweet Life, with Great Recipes
Cooking is a necessity-everyone needs to eat-but baking is different. No one needs a chocolaty cake or a delectable sweet to survive. That is, until that moment when a chocolate cake is exactly what you need to survive.


Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings: A Baking Book By Yossy Arefi Cover Image

Find sweet satisfaction with 50 easy, everyday cake recipes made with simple ingredients, one bowl, and no fuss.

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Wild Sweetness: Recipes Inspired by Nature By Thalia Ho Cover Image

From the creator of the award-winning food blog, Butter and Brioche, comes a unique and beautifully designed full-color cookbook that brings wild flavors to desserts as told through the seasons. 

In Wild Sweetness, Thalia Ho captures the essence of the wild, and re-imagines it on the plate.